Matthew Batham posted a message to Howard DavisHi Howard, thanks so much for your advice and info re Graham Greene. I will definitely seek out o...Hi Howard, thanks so much for your advice and info re Graham Greene. I will definitely seek out one of your suggestions for my next read. Have you seen the new Brighton Rock film. I can't imagine I will like it - particularly as they have moved the action to the 1960s and introduced a Mod element...why?! (more)
Howard Davis posted a message to Matthew BathamHi Matthew,
I studied Greene for my degree. My favourite books of his are The Quiet American, O...Hi Matthew,
I studied Greene for my degree. My favourite books of his are The Quiet American, Our Man in Havana, The Comedians (his best, I think) and his last novel, The Captain and the Enemy.
His film treatment of The Third Man is also excellent as is The Lawless Roads telling of his travels through Mexico to research his novel The Power and the Glory.
I still hear the voices of Pinky and Spicer when I'm in Brighton - though I must admit I never really grasped his obsession in writing about Catholic guilt.
He was an interesting guy - smoking opium in back street dens in Saigon, playing Russian roulette to stave off inert boredom... and much much more.
Hermione Laake posted a message to Howard Davis
many thanks for your encouragement!!, and the best of success with your take on Ulysses.
Howard Davis posted a message to Hermione LaakeI admire you for taking on the difficult task of writing a story based upon such well known novel...I admire you for taking on the difficult task of writing a story based upon such well known novels and characters. It is a tall order to pull off. I am writing a short story at the moment based around a chapter of James Joyce's Ulysses, something that few have actually read but a book that everyone knows and I'm finding that hard. To choose the novels Jane Eyre and Wide Sargasso Sea to weave your story upon takes courage and I wish you luck with it. (more)
Hermione Laake posted a message to Howard DavisHello,
What a long essay! Orwell is very good at them. Thank you. My answer is that I worked i...Hello,
What a long essay! Orwell is very good at them. Thank you. My answer is that I worked it out for myself through life experience.
However, I like the way Orwell describes the belly of the whale. I think he is exactly right about the environment of the whale as cushioning, although my book is, I suppose, saying it less politically, because we appear to be in a less severe situation, politically, than Orwell was. We don't seem to be prevented from accessing information, or reading books which can enrich our lives, as Orwell was. I have not read Miller, so cannot comment on the critical angle of the essay.
My book is a whisper. I do want it to make people think about how all power is about interaction.
I see you have yet another book out. You are prolific.
Howard Davis posted a message to Hermione LaakeHi Hermione,
You can read Orwell's essay here: http://ebooks.adelaide.edu.au/o/orwell/george/...Hi Hermione,
You can read Orwell's essay here: http://ebooks.adelaide.edu.au/o/orwell/george/o79e/part12.html
Orwell was very impressed by Henry Miller - living inside his whale - seemingly uninfluenced in his writing by the current trends and world events as he wrote Tropic of Cancer in 1920/30's Paris.
Salman Rushdie, who holds Miller in much lower esteem, wrote a contrary response in his essay Outside the Whale as part of his collection of essays, Imaginary Homelands, which you read here:
Personally, I think Orwell misunderstood Miller. In his journal, The Colossus of Maroussi, Miller elucidates very clearly on how specific events of the 2nd World War impacted on his time in Europe.
Hermione Laake posted a message to Howard DavisTo howard Davis. Let me know how you find my book and whether you like the way I have spaced it t...To howard Davis. Let me know how you find my book and whether you like the way I have spaced it to disrupt the act of writing. It is a meta fiction as well as a novel. I hope you find something which touches your heart.
I changed the title to show the philosophical nature of the book, which I hope will undermine our so called civil society. (more)